Aslan is head driver. He has already drove us up to Bakhmaro with his old "tractor" in February 2016. Since then he is the one who developes and prepares new cat-tracks, looks that all machines are serviced and organises spare parts as well as all administrative management.
Also Aslan recruted most of our local team and showed good knowledge of human nature in choosing the best...
He lives with his family in Chkhakoura.
Tengo has been our driver since the BlindBird season. With his calm and serenity and, of course, his finger feeling when driving the heavy snowcat, he quickly made himself indispensable.
He knows all the tracks in the woods and the mountains around Bakhmaro like the back of his hand. He grew up here.
Tengo runs a carpenter's workshop with his father in Chkhakoura. His wife Fati was with us in our alpine hut in Adjara last winter. As the
Most of our team, Tengo lives with his family in the neighboring village of Chkhakoura.
Aslan has been part of our team of Pistenbully drivers since 2018. With his always friendly manner and his competence, he quickly proved to be an indispensable support.
Aslan is responsible for our workshop in Chkhakoura. In the summer he is looking after the service of our snow groomers. Before he started with us, he worked in Batumi. In summer Aslan supports us with his Ural, a 6x6 truck.
Aslan lives in Chkhakoura with his family.
Nestan is the centre in the kitchen and throws the shop alone when it matters.
Since Nestan also comes from Chkhakoura, she knows the dishes that are cooked in the mountain villages and on the alp. This way we can serve Burano or Sironi as it is made in the local households. We are proud to be able to offer the traditional food of the people up here in the mountains.
Here she presents fresh trout from the mountain stream near Chkhakoura.
Nestan lives with her husband Fridoni who is helping us with airport transfers in Chkhakoura.
Meri is completing our kitchen staff. She is looking after the dishes and cooking traditional dishes.
Meri lives with her family in Chkhakoura.
Rezo is our fire master and a veteran in Bakhmaro. Fireman means that he takes care of the fire for heating, cooking, sauna and hot water, adds firewood, keeps the water pipes free of ice and
also deals with the electricity supply.
Nona lives with her family in Chkhakoura.
Nazi sie ist unsere Hausdame in Bakhmaro. Sie kümmert sich um die Zimmer unsere Base in Bakhmaro, bemüht sich unter den Freeridern um Sauberkeit und Ordnung. Neben den Zimmern, werden natürlich auch die Badezimmer und die Sauna regelmässig gereinigt.
In der Saisonvorbereitung, kocht Nazi auch für uns und sorgt für eine warme Atmosphäre.
Nazi ist aus Chkhakoura, dem nächsten Dorf, und ist schon mit Aslan und Mamuka zur Schule gegangen. Den Sommer hat Nazi auf der Alp in Muschuta verbracht und sich um die Tiere und das Gemüse der Familie gekümmert.
We have meet Rezo the first time in the fish farm in Quabra, where we were stranded in the first season after a weeklong snowstorm. There he was cooking the best fried trout for us, I have ever tasted.
Two years later he joined the team as our "Fire-Meister" and summer security guard. As Fire-Meister Rezo is looking after all the fireplaces including hot water and the sauna. He keeps the water pipes free of ice and the smoke pipes clean.
But he is also looking after the inside fire and has always a homemade Chacha on offer. Rezo is also a sociable chord player and knows how to make Georgian listeners laugh with his funny lyrics. He speaks Russian and Turkish.
Rezo is Geno's father and of course both are fro
Geno came to the team on a short notice in December 2016. We realised pretty fast, that we needed one person looking after the fire in the rented cottages - also in the night. So we ask Geno to come up for a week.
He learnd snowmobile driving and proved as a good mechanic. Now he is in charge of looking after our fleet of "Buranis" (snowmobiles) including the Sherpas. As snowmobile driver Geno can bring us help onto the slopes but also can give us a quick pick up with one of the Sherpas.
He is from Chkhakoura.
Mamuka is responsible for all airport transfers. He is driving and coordinating our fleet of 2 Ford Transits and 1 Toyota Hiace to pick up freeriders and our shopping.
Mamuka is also a partner of the fish farm cooperative in Chkhakoura. Once a week swe get our trouts from him.
Mamuka lives with his family in Qvabga but was born in Chkhakoura.